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Poster: He Live's Date: Sep 30, 2008 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: China>Rider - The Early Years

nice one LIA -- and thorough as always!

china_rider is certainly one of the Dead's most universally loved numbers -- jerry really seems to inhabit the song -- like when he was doing China Cat, if he was feelin' it, he took on the personality of the song, i really think it was his personal Psychedelic identity -- jerry is the china cat!

there never was as much jamming as we would have liked -- but it was all about momentum building to a climax -- and that is where the PAYOFF of the combo was, not in a mind-bending out there improv, but in a WELL-CRAFTED PERFORMANCE.